Dangerous Accidents at Work Case Studies

Our panel solicitors deal with all manner of claims where individuals have been injured as a result of working in a dangerous or unsafe environment.  YouClaim has put together information about some of the current cases our panel solicitors are working on for readers to get an idea of some of the dangers that can be faced in various working environment. 

Factory and warehouse workers:

A – multiple injuries to right hand:

A was employed at a chicken factory and had been asked to clean out a machine which was used to skin chicken legs.   The machine, which was turned on when A was asked to carry out the job, comprises two spinning blades, which are used to strip the skin from the legs of chickens placed in the machine.  A had to put his arm into the machine and brush the chicken skins away, when his hand became trapped in the two rotating blades. 

A suffered four broken metacarpal bones in his right hand from his wrist to his knuckles, and has lost skin on the back of his hand, requiring a skin graft from his left thigh.  A required almost a year out of employment to recover.  He has recently been able to return to work, although his capacity for work has been severely reduced; he has already had one operation on his hand and is currently undergoing physiotherapy. 

B – right knee/patella and left shoulder injuries:

B was employed as a warehouse operative and was moving an empty pallet away from a loaded one as part of his job.  The loaded pallet, which contained household doors, had been opened but not properly re-wrapped.  B wasn’t aware of this, and when he moved the empty pallet, the 15 remaining doors on the loaded pallet fell onto him.  B put his left arm up to prevent the doors hitting him, but his right knee buckled and he fell to the ground, with the doors falling on top of him, squashing him under their 300kg weight. 

B has been diagnosed with soft tissue injuries in his shoulder and severely ruptured patella tendon and surrounding ligaments in his right knee and required surgery to reconnect the snapped tendons.  This has caused him severe trouble weight bearing on the leg and led to him spending several months off work.  B was made redundant for reasons unrelated to his accident and has been unable to find employment, something partly linked to his injury, as it limits the jobs he is able to look for.  B’s lawyers are currently in settlement negotiations on his behalf, and are seeking to make sure that he is compensated for the limited mobility he now suffers as a result of the accident, which will have a knock on effect on his life and job prospects. 

Working at height:

C – left hand scaphoid bone fracture:

C was working as a water treatment engineer, and was asked to carry out a disinfection of water services by cleaning ground water tanks.  C put his ladder by a lower ground water tank on site, climbed up the ladder, rising roughly 12 feet off the ground.  The ladder fell sideways and C fell with it, falling backwards to land on the concrete surface below. 

As a result of the fall, C has suffered a fracture of his scaphoid bone on his left hand as well as soreness to his shoulders and back, whiplash, a blow to the head, severe pain on the left side of his body and cuts and bruises.  C has told his lawyer that the job he was carrying out should have been undertaken by two men; one to be on the ladder and one to hold the ladder and pass equipment.  C has been able to provide evidence to support this information.  He is currently struggling with work as he requires his hand for his job and it is still not fully healed. 

D – severed arm artery: 

D is a tree surgeon who was working to carry out tree surgery, roughly 40 feet off the ground.  D was using a chainsaw and was attempting to remove a branch when the chainsaw bounced off one of the branches and hit his left arm, severing an artery near his wrist.   As a result of the accident, D had to undergo five hours of surgery and sustained damage to his tendons and nerves, causing a significant reduction in his range of movement, loss of grip and loss of feeling in his fingers.  D has also undergone physiotherapy to aid in restoring some of his range of movement, however his range will never be fully restored and he is permanently disabled as a result of the accident.

D told his solicitor that he had noted the tree had been cut previously, and that it had been cut poorly.  This meant that it was more difficult to cut the tree.  D also told his solicitor that there were too many people working in the tree during his accident and that they were working beyond their contracted hours, being put under pressure to get the job done.   After a number of months off work, D was able to return to work under light duties and eventually, full duties.  D’s claim is not yet resolved as his former employer has denied responsibility for the accident.  It is currently undergoing litigation. 

Service industry workers:

E – cyst caused by acid in eye:

E is a car valeter.  He was provided with an acid spray can by his acting manager to assist in the course of valeting the cars.  The can broke, with the trigger snapping off and the back of the nozzle blowing out from the pressure caused by the trigger snapping off.  As a result of the break, acid blew out of the can and was sprayed in D’s face and clothing. 

As a result of the accident, E got a cyst on his lower lid which required surgery to drain it.  Information E has given his lawyer so far has highlighted that the can was not designed to hold acid, but was being used for that purpose and E told his lawyer after the accident that it clearly had corrosion and rust on it. 

Factory and foundry workers:

F – burns to left side of head, neck and face:

F is maintenance fitter in a forge.  He was repairing a machine in the forge which was suffering from a problem with the flow of hot billets (lengths of steel) which was causing a gap in the production line.  F was not able to stop the machine and had to work around the live machine.  F was then hit with a hot billet which caused burns to the side of his head, neck and face. 

F’s employer has admitted responsibility for the accident and so F’s solicitor is currently arranging evidence to assist in assessing what F’s final compensation payout should be.  Currently, F’s solicitor has arranged for him to be examined by an independent medical expert to provide a report and prognosis on his injuries, in order to help settle his claim.

 

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